Cheerio Road is written by a single mother who left a more traditional office career (PR) to become a Zen Buddhist priest and writer.

This week, she has started writing a daily item on “The Happiness Question” . . . a recent NYT headline states there is a growing “happiness gap” between men and women whereby more women report unhappiness.

This bit is from today:

“My first teacher Maezumi Roshi was famous for saying simply, “Appreciate your life.” He didn’t mean conjure up some contrived sentiment of gratitude, or humility, or abundance about your life. He didn’t mean count your blessings. He meant don’t count anything. He meant don’t pick and choose. Make your life your life and swallow it whole. When you do that, things have a way of getting happier right quick.”